111th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars

At the 111th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars, I’ve presented two papers in the Intellectual Property and Cyber Law sessions. Respectively: On 1st September 2020 15-16:30 UK time – Panel “New Developments in IntellectualProperty Law” (IP session) With Prof. Cristiana Sappa (IESEG), we’ll present “The Internet of Things at the intersection ofContinue reading “111th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars”

Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching

On Friday 23 October, with Bernd Justin Jütte (Ireland)**, Giulia Priora (Italy)†, and Léo Pascault (France) ‡ we will present “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching” at the 12th Worldwive Annual Conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN). The program is available here. The rapid spread of COVID-19 inContinue reading “Learning by Infringing? Copyright Private Ordering in Post-COVID Remote Teaching”

The privatization of universities in Italy

Italian governments have tried for many years to privatise the higher education sector, either directly or indirectly. In the book La privatizzazione dell‘Università. Il modello delle fondazioni, I deal with the attempt to privatize universities by transforming them into foundations. After tracing a history of the regulation of higher education institutions in Italy, I thenContinue reading “The privatization of universities in Italy”

Copyright and Remote Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus: A Study of Contractual Terms and Conditions of Selected Online Services

Pleased to share that ‘Copyright and Remote Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus: A Study of Contractual Terms and Conditions of Selected Online Services‘ has been accepted for publication on the European Intellectual Property Review! This is a collaborative research with Léo Pascault (Sciences Po, Paris), Bernd Justin Jütte (University of Nottingham), and Giulia PrioraContinue reading “Copyright and Remote Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus: A Study of Contractual Terms and Conditions of Selected Online Services”

An introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Understanding IP through everyday objects

In this video, I introduce the audience to the key areas of intellectual property: copyright, trade marks, trade secrets, patents, and design rights. To do so, I show / reflect on some everyday objects, namely: Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone An IRN Bru wee bottle The iconic Alessi juicer designed by Philippe Stark in 1990 MyContinue reading “An introduction to Intellectual Property Law: Understanding IP through everyday objects”

The Internet of Things at the intersection of data protection and trade secrets. Non-conventional paths to counter data appropriation and empower consumers

The Internet of Things (IoT) has heralded a never-before-seen quantity of high-quality data. This includes both personal and non-personal data. Factual and legal control over IoT data gives companies unparalleled power to influence consumers, policy makers, and the other stakeholders of the IoT’s supply chain. The combination of analytics algorithms, the data goldmine structure andContinue reading “The Internet of Things at the intersection of data protection and trade secrets. Non-conventional paths to counter data appropriation and empower consumers”

Surveillance Capitalism in the Internet of Loos: Can the General Data Protection Regulation Counter Digital Dispossession?

Yay I’ve finished the 6th chapter of my book on Internet of Things and the Law (Routledge, forthcoming)! The IoT constitutes an unprecedented challenge to privacy for a twofold reason.[1] First, it is progressively eroding the area of what can be regarded as private. Traditionally, the home and the body were the most sacred ofContinue reading “Surveillance Capitalism in the Internet of Loos: Can the General Data Protection Regulation Counter Digital Dispossession?”

The European approach to recognising, downgrading, and erasing same-sex marriages celebrated abroad

This chapter analyses how European countries that provide some protection for same-sex couples (e.g. civil partnerships, but not marriage) deal with same-sex marriages celebrated abroad. In this respect, there are three models: recognition, downgrading, and erasure. Recognition means that these marriages are recognised as marriages, either for all purposes, or for some of them, e.g.Continue reading “The European approach to recognising, downgrading, and erasing same-sex marriages celebrated abroad”

Book: Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change

In January 2020, Routledge published a book on Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change edited by Dr Frances Hamilton and me. This edited collection provides a forum for rigorous analysis of the necessity for both legal and social change with regard to regulation of same-sex relationships and rainbow families, the status of civil partnership asContinue reading “Book: Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change”

The Internet of Personalised Things. IoT-Powered Consumer Manipulation as an Unfair Commercial Practice

Personalisation is one of the key befits of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT traders can combine data from multiple sources and access consumers’ most private spaces. At the same time, these traders retain control over their smart devices (‘Things’) throughout their lifecycles. Thanks to this combination of deep knowledge of the consumer and controlContinue reading “The Internet of Personalised Things. IoT-Powered Consumer Manipulation as an Unfair Commercial Practice”

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